LED R&D Projects

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DOE-funded LED R&D projects tackle the science and technology challenges that stand in the way of achieving SSL Program targets for LED efficacy, performance, and cost. All project selections align with the priorities and targets detailed in the SSL R&D Plan, updated annually with industry input.

Learn more about R&D challenges to accelerate LED technology advances, as well as DOE SSL Program Impacts and Research Highlights. Find an overview of all SSL projects that have been funded by DOE since 2000 in the SSL Project Portfolio, and details about the current LED R&D projects below.

Graded Alloy Quantum Dots for Energy-Efficient Solid-State Lighting
Lead Performer: Columbia University – New York, NY
High Performance Green LEDs for Solid State Lighting
Lead Performer: University of California, Santa Barbara
High-Efficacy High-Power LED for Directional Applications
Lead Performer: Lumileds, LLC – San Jose, CA
Highly Integrated Modular LED Luminaire
Lead Performer: GE Global Research – Niskayuna, NY
Hybrid Down-Converting Structures for Solid State Lighting
Lead Performer: PhosphorTech Corporation – Kennesaw, GA
Identification and Mitigation of Droop Mechanism in GaN-Based LEDs
Lead Performer: University of California - Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA
Investigating the Health Impacts of Outdoor Lighting
Lead Performer: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Narrow Emitting Red Phosphors for Improving pcLED Efficacy
Lead Performer: Lumenari, Inc. – Lexington, KY
New Class of Encapsulants for Blue LEDs
Lead Performer: Lumisyn, LLC – Rochester, NY
Tunable Nanocrystal-Based Phosphors With Reduced Spectral Widths
Lead Performer: Lumisyn, LLC – Rochester, NY
Ultra-Thin Flexible LED Lighting Panels
Lead Performer: Lucent Optics Inc. – Sacramento, CA